Biomedical Science Programs for High School Students

The Joseph Moore Museum is supporting biology and biomedical science high school teachers using the Project Lead the Way Curriculum with a series of new virtual educational programs. Our new, highly interactive programs make use of innovative online techniques to engage learners in virtual settings. Designed by college professors and students in partnership with lead biomedical science teacher, Heidi Hisrich, these programs directly address required course content in biology and/or biomedical science curricula. 

Crime Scene

Launched August 2020

Students will step into the shoes of Crime Scene Investigators as they investigate the death of Anna Garcia. This first lesson in our series of Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science curriculum is specially designed for the Principles of Biomedical Science course. The interactive mystery-style video will guide students through the process of a forensic investigation, from the vital first moments after arriving on scene to uncovering evidence and sketching the room. The interactive scenario checks for student understanding along the way, and includes a clickable version of the scene where students can select each evidence marker for a close-up of each piece of evidence.  Designed by a PLTW lead teacher, we hope you love this new interactive crime scene!

Principles of Biomedical Science Lesson 1.1.1 (Students should have completed PLTW 1.1.1. through Step 3 before using this resource (the activity assumes they have already gone through the Commissioner Report & selected a search method). To gain access, use the link in the Community page of the PLTW website or the FaceBook PLTW Biomedical Teachers’ Lounge group. The average completion time for the scenario is 9 minutes. 

Coming soon!

Mammal Hair

You’ve found a hair at a crime scene! Now what? How do scientists figure out who the hair could have come from, or even if it came from a person at all? How do hairs from different parts of the body look different under a microscope? Students will learn the origin of hair, the parts of a hair, hair growth patterns, how hairs retain demographic features of the person they came from, how hairs vary across different mammal types and how hair is used to solve crimes. Principles of Biomedical Science Lesson 1.1

DNA Analysis from trace remains

Where can we find DNA?  Once we have it, what laboratory processes are needed to make it useable?  We will explain where scientists find DNA, how we extract and amplify it, and use it to solve crimes, track disease spread and investigate the history of life on earth.

Principles of Biomedical Science Lesson 1.1 and 4.2